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explain someone else's? ♪ stand by your man . >> pence's performance inspired a one word tweet that sent us to the dictionary for definition. meaning oily. watch how if you stand too close to your man, his habits might rub off on you. c cnn, new york. >> you are in the cnn fuse room. i'm ana cabrera. president trump spending the weekend inside the white house while two separate major newspaper reports call into serious question how he's conducting himself with regard to russia. one of the reports in washington post shows the extremes president trump has allegedly gone to to high details of his conversations with president vladimir putin, swearing
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interpreters to secrecy and making sure there is no written record of at least one private meeting with putin according to u.s. officials. another report from the new york times that claims the fbi was so concerned after president trump fired fbi director james comey that they launched a counterintelligence investigation into the president himself. they were working to find out if trump was actually knowingly unbelievably working to benefit the russian government. this extraordinary moment last night on trump friendly fox news, a show host asking the president point-blank, this yes or no question, and listen to his answer. >> are you now or have you ever worked for russia, mr. president? >> i think it's the most unsulting thing i've ever been asked. i think it's the most insulting article i've ever had written. and if you read the article, you'd say they found absolutely nothing. >> we could play the entire
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answer. but after nearly two minutes you still won't hear him flatly deny that he is or is not working actively to help the russians. he doesn't even say it. boris sanchez is at the white house. a wintry white house, i should add. boris, the president is sequestering himself in the white house behind you. he's been tweeting he's, quote, waiting. what other reactions are you hearing to those explosive reports about the president and russia? >> president trump has yet to specifically weigh in on any of the details in either of these reports in the new york times or "the washington post." though he did weigh in calling james comey all sorts of names on twitter and going after him reigniting conspiracies we've heard the president peddle before about the russia investigation. sarah huckabee sanders did send out two statements about both reports this weekend. both of them very similar and she says essentially in both of
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them, that she believes president trump has been tougher on russia than former president obama, something that is provable by video tape. we've seen president obama talk about how he confronted and pressed proout vladimir putin on the issue of russian election meddling. we don't know if he's done that privately. that's the gist of that washington post report about the interactions between these two leaders and president trump's attempts to keep them under wraps. some have defended the president. ron johnson suggested that priest encounters between president trump and other world leaders leaked embarrassing the administration. perhaps that's why the president wants to keep it private. others have been critical. the white house has not responded to what any lawmaker has said about the reports. the president has been tweeting. he tweeted a few moments ago about the united states' troops presence in syria. he's been tweeting about the shutdown. at one point writing that he's
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in the white house waiting for democrats to return to washington. saying they're having fun and not even talking. there is no indication that either side has been talking over the weekend as we have enter the fourth week of the government shutdown. the president is apparently enjoying the snow. this tweet he sent out writing wish i could share with everyone the beauty and majesty of being in the white house and looking outside at the snow-filled lawns and rose garden. really is something. special country, special place. clearly the president enjoying this snow and winter weather more than some of us. >> all right. boris sanchez reporting at the white house. it's amazing that you don't have a bit of snow on your black jacket there. >> yeah. >> tv magic going on. >> thank you. >> let's bring in garrett graph, author of "the threat matrix inside mueller's fbi and the war on global terror". and also cnn legal analyst ellie hoenig. ellie, these two reports back to
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back, they seem to reinforce each other. do they not? >> they do. the common theme with the reports is obstruction. efforts to keep the truth from coming to light. "the new york times" tells us about the efforts to -- the fbi opened a counterintelligence investigation because they believed in fear that trump fired comey to prevent him from digging into the russia case. there's another one about seizing the notes and telling the interpreter to keep quiet. on top of that we're about to begin the confirmation hearings for william barr as attorney general. that's the number one job in the country responsible for bringing truth to light. william barr sent a long memo to doj six months ago where he attacks not robert mueller generally. specifically the obstruction of justice investigation. he calls it fatally misconceived and earlier barr said the obstruction investigation is asini asinine. he said that to the hill.
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our senators need to dig into that and say is this how you view the obstruction investigation. do you stand by your own words? they cannot accept dodgy coached up lawyered up answers. >> let me talk to you about bar here more in just a second. as you put it nicely all in one package, it does show that obstruction is a big piece potentially of mueller's investigation. garrett, you're sort of our mueller expert. on the washington post reporting, do you think trump's concealment of the records pertaining to his meetings with putin are of interest to robert mueller? >> absolutely. but i think the bigger thing is eli is saying the pattern, and again, you look at the interview that the president did last night. if i was being accused of being a russian agent, i would be much more annoyed about being accused of being a russian agent than i would be the investigation itself. that's not what we're seeing
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from the president. it would be easy for him to deny this. what we have to almost assume at this point is that the president in his campaign were compromised by russia in some meaningful way that is not yet clear. that's the evidence that we're seeing sort of pattern after pattern both from the staff and the president's own actions. you know, this is a president who in many ways has gone out of his way to continue to be soft on russia and vladimir putin. to continue to be complimentary to vladimir putin. up to and including that astounding helsinki summit which was the subject of part of the washington post report where the president met privately with putin and then basely came out on the stage with vladimir putin and complimented putin and questioned the american intelligence community. >> garrett, do you know, could congress try to question that
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interpreter? >> well, i think that's not -- that's a very complicated answer, and there are some legitimate executive privilege concerns stemming from the idea that president's need to be able to have some private conversations with foreign leaders and that's not necessarily a precedent that we should want to set as a democracy and as a government. but you do have to look at the pattern of behavior here which is this is a president who knows that these questions are being raised about his behavior with russia vis-a-vis vladimir putin and is still going out of his way to have these incredibly odd one on one no staff conversations with the leader of russia. >> eli, is that executive privilege going to end up being the president's best defense? >> it may be. i do think congress is going to
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try to subpoena the interpreter. adam schiff has said it. he said he tried to do it under last congress. he said we're going to want to talk to her. the only really way to resist that is through a claim of executive privilege. it's an interesting claim. on the one hand executive privilege is meant to protect and keep secret protections between the president and his attorney general and counsel and chief of staff. it would be quite a stretch to say that should also include his confers with foreign heads of state. they're not advisers. on the other hand i think garrett has a good point. there is a legitimate interest in keeping high level diplomatic conversations, and if you look at theics nixon decision from 1974 when they said it doesn't apply to this situation. they said it's really intended to protect military secrets, national security secrets. so there may be an argument, a creative argument that trump could make that we need to expand executive privilege to
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cover this kind of situation. >> i want you to stay with me as we bring in also david gergen who has worked in four white houses and so thank you, david. i'm so glad that you could be part of the conversation tonight with this extraordinary reporting. we're talking about what the washington post is reporting about the president's efforts to really conceal his interactions with the russian president. in fact, even confiscating notes from one of his interpreters. have you ever heard or experianed suchexperia experienced such a thing for other presidents? >> no, and i worked for nixon and we never experienced anything like this. if you kpicombine the story wit the washington post along with the new york times reporting about the fact that the fbi opened this counterterrorism investigation, if i were in the white house, i would be terribly worried. i would be terribly worried not just about my president. i'd be worried about the office
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to the presidency which i think is threatened in this situation. it's almost like a spy thriller that we're going through. it's unbelievable we'd be here. i'd also be worried about the country. i think this could be damaging to us as americans. if this unravels and the patterns that seem to be developing, the patterns are very, very suspicious. in the washington post i would commend to people a new piece by max boot, a contributor to cnn on all the reasons why we should be suspicious, all the things that -- the alignments of president trump and vladimir putin. again and again and again. it's a really arresting piece. >> david, what typically happens with the notes that are part of these meetings that document what has taken place? >> sure. well, first and foremost, they are shared with the principles committee which are essentially the secretary of state, secretary of defense, cia
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director, the white house chief of staff, the national security adviser, the head of the joint chief. all those people need to know what's going on. there has an a transparency. those are all the top circle around the president on national security, and they are typically shared with them for information purposes so they know what the other side is thinking. very importantly, but they also know what our president is saying in pledging. and so it is -- i can go back the next day. sometimes he held a meeting one on one with the russians and would have only an interpreter there and indeed an american vernon walters served as an interpreter on both sides on some occasions. since then the tradition has been one of sharing, of more transparency. we have a complicated government with so many different kind of sprawling relationships that really makes a difference that people are brought up to speed. after all, these are the people we trust with the utmost secrets of the government.
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to trust them with that is no stretch at all. it is traditionally what is done. t struck tallbet was the note taker. he went in because he and hillary clinton were long-time friends. he took notes that clinton had with the russians and the notes would then be religiously shared with others and then they would go into a master file for a variety of reasons. so you can have a kpartive purposes. now if you don't know what your president is saying or thinking, you have no sense of continuity about how relationships develop and you don't know how the russians are trying to play him. that's what a lot of this is about. have the russians played him, turned him to what used to be in the cold war called a useful idiot. >> and you wonder if now the russians can spin the narrative
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that they want from what happened in the meetings without being able to prove something different happened. david ge thank you all. >> thank you very, very much. as the government shutdown extends to a 23rd day with no end in sight, one border sheriff says he supports the president 100%, but when it comes to the wall, it's a different story. plus a new report says the white house requested plans from the pentagon to attack iran. and mounting allegations of abuse by r kelly are prompting investigations and now a movement to ban his music is gaining momentum. the latest live in the cnn news room.
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the president may be willing to build his promised southern border wall at any cost. many of the country's most undeniable experts on border security believe building a physical barrier there is not
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only a waste of money but one that won't work very well. these men and women patrol the border every day as border officers. we road with a sheriff border in texas who supports president trump 100% except when it comes to that wall. >> keith hughes is a border county sheriff in a remote county in texas where illegal immigration apprehensions have increased. >> reporter: how big of a problem do you think illegal immigration is? >> i think it's going to devastate our country one of these days if we don't do something about it, if it hasn't already. >> reporter: no county on america's southern border gave donald trump a bigger win than this county. this sheriff voted for him. >> i support him 100%. i think he's done a great job. >> but the president said professionals want and need a wall. do you want and need a wall in your county? >> no, sir, i do not.
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either one do not want one, do not need one. >> reporter: that's because he says they already have one, a natural one, the rio grande which separates the u.s. and mexico. >> this stop sign, there may be no other mandatory stop sign in the world. if you don't stop here, it's about a 300 foot drop to the rio grande. that means it's 300 feet up. >> the sheriffs and others here call this god's wall which lines the river throughout most of the county. that's why the sheriff has always thought the concept of a continuous border wall made no sense. other parts are level. >> in a plat area like this where it's easier to cross the river, different than before? >> right. >> reporter: and you have this money, would you use it for the wall or use it for more people and more technology? >> i wouldn't use it for a wall. technology and people. that money would be better spent on those situations instead of the wall. >> reporter: the sheriff says
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every dime received should be spent on law enforcement and technology. this county has a small population, but it's about 24 00 square miles. the sheriff only has 4 deputies and there are few border patrol agents. most of the time it's only cows observing migrants swimming across the rio grande. >> the hell with the wall for right now. i mean, it's going to happen, it's going to happen. if it's not, it's not. but we need to quit dwelling on the wall and deal with right now. >> reporter: gary tuckman, cnn, texas. now here's a different perspective from a texas border control agent in the rio grande valley. he told me a wall is necessary. watch. >> we do have hundreds and sometimes thousands a day of people coming in to request asylum or to get asylum through the catch and release system. what that does is ties our hands and we're unable to patrol the other areas where people are out to avoid detection, and ultimately get into the united
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states. so the wall is necessary down here. there's communities out here that have benefitted greatly from the wall. it's not stopping everybody from coming in, but it is funneling them into areas where we can apprehend them. unfortunately a lot of politicians down here will tell you one thing on camera, but behind closed doors, it's a different story just because the wall is such a touchy topic that a lot of local politicians don't want to take a stand against the status quo. >> i want to bring in someone else who knows the area well. democratic congressman henry quare. congressman, good to have you with us. we just heard now from that texas border patrol agent who says a wall is necessary. gary talked to someone who said the wall is not necessary. who's right? >> the sheriff is right and border patrol was right in 2012. let me explain that. if you look at the union patrol
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back in 2012 their position was that the wall was not necessary because people could do a tunnel, dig a tunnel, climb over it, and it was useless waste of dollars. the sheriff is right, and then the border patrol before 2012 were correct on that. again, i do support border patrol strongly. i want to see more of them hired. in fact, 2000 of them. there are 2000 of them short. we need to make sure we hire more border patrol and make sure that if we want to stop drugs, look at where drugs come in. most drugs will come from ports of entry, period. that's where they come from. we need to modernize our ports and put technology and personnel and k-9s at the ports of industry. -- entry. >> we saw pelosi outlining from kind of border security improvements democrats support.
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she says more technology to scan cars and trucks. more agents. better port of entry, infrastructure. we've heard president trump and republicans express support for those things as well. that's where everybody agrees. the wall is the big question right now. as someone who represents border communities, do you think democrats should be willing to pay for a wall in some areas of the border? >> look, there's already 654 miles of fencing across the united states. as the sheriff said a while ago in west texas, what do you have? you have the large cliffs. i've been there. those are huge cliffs. then you have the rivers, the natural boundaries. that's like he said, that's god's wall. so, again, we already added 654 miles of fencing on it. now, i would say that back in 0 2008, this is an important point. myself and a democratic county
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judge came up with a compromise in the bush administration when we did a levy wall. there are some sort of ways that we can provide flood control and security. the problem is that washington wants to dictate the type of fencing they want to put it. if they would just let the border patrol chiefs have some independence, and if they can work with the local communities, you'd be surprised what they can work on. >> so just to make sure i'm clear, would you be willing to vote for any legislation that offers some money to walls or steel slats in some places? i talked to a fellow democrat like a congressman yesterday who said yes, as long as you specify where the wall is needed and why. >> well, again, like i said a few minutes ago, we have worked out on the paths, levy walls. but the local community was involved, and that type of infrastructure if washington
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would allow the local community input where they can work along with them, we can come up with some infrastructure. and that's the key. washington doesn't dictate. it's the local community working with the local border patrol sheriffs and you'll be surprised what they can work on. >> okay. here's what the president tweeted this morning suggesting potential negotiations about the wall for daca protections. he tweeted this. democrats are saying that daca is not worth it and don't want to include in talks. many hispanics will be coming over to the republican side. watch. congressman, what's your response to that? >> well, again, the president is known to say or tweet so many things that are just not correct. i would just leave it like that. look, we want to make sure that we have protected dreamers. we want to make sure we also have full immigration reform. we want to see immigration reform. the problem is that the
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republicans and the president only wants to talk about certain extreme immigration reforms that they talked about. they don't want to sit down or look at what we've done in the past. there's a lot of things that have been already drafted that we could work on, but they just don't want -- they -- when they say negotiate, they say take our position and that's how you negotiate. that's not negotiations. >> but haven't democrats in the past offered daca protections and we'll give you the money for the wall? >> some people have. i have not been one of them. i think those are two different things. i think we need to do everything to protect our dreamers and i voted for the dreamers. but the wall is something else. when you protect -- i mean, when you represent landowners that have had lands for so many years and a government is going to come in and build this fence and keep in mind when you have the river, many a times they have to go up one mile and that's what
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we're saying. we got to protect private property rights, and again, you'll be surprised if we can get together, we can get rid of the evasive type of brush that we have. we can build the roads so the border poll c border patrol can work there. there are 2000 border patrol. the administration put out a $297 million contract to show them how to hire border patrol. and you know how many they hired? two. two border patrol. i'd rather use that $297 million give it as retention bonuses to our officers so we don't lose those men and women. >> congressman, glad to have you with us. thank you very much. >> thank you so much. >> we'll be right back.
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president trump tweeting moments ago that the long overdue pullout from syria is now underway. he says what remains of isis territory will be hit hard. the president also says the u.s. will devastate turkey economically if it attacks the kurds. he also warns the kurds not to provoke turkey. let's get to cnn's national security reporter. what do we know? >> reporter: we are learning some substantial new information about the u.s. plan to withdraw from syria from president trump's tweets today. first of all, he says that the
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gaining momentum. kelly is defiant and denies any wrong going. martin savidge has the latest. >> reporter: the lifetime docuseries has generated incredible ratings for the network and has dominated social media since the premier over a week ago. the docuseries details sexual abuse allegations against r. kelley from the mid 90s all the way up to present day. >> robert is the devil. >> reporter: it's also renewed interest among law enforcement. investigators are looking at allegations against kelly in atlanta and chicago. the savidge family of georgia are featured in the documentary and are helping police in both investigations. they allege their adult daughter is being held against her will by kelly in a sex cult. they haven't seen her since late 2016. >> we as of right now today have no proof of life whatsoever. and that's hard for me to say.
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i have no proof of life that my daughter is living right now. none. >> reporter: the girl said in herself she's happy and safe and not being held against her will and kelly has continuously denied the allegations against him and has never been convicted of any charges in the past. his legal team said the documentary is full of false allegations. kelly's lawyer said the lifetime network is defaming his client. >> does he deny having a sexual relationship with someone under age of concept? >> yes. he absolutely does. no one ever complained about anything until some producer came and found then. >> reporter: the mounting pressure has cast a spotlight on cracks within kelly's own family and the music industry. kelly's estranged daughter supported the alleged victims. she says in part, the same monster you all confronting me about is my father. i'm well aware of who and what
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he is. i grew up in that house. lady gaga who recorded a song with kelly in 2013 apologized for what she called a twisted collaboration. the misconduct allegations also sparked a small protest in front of kelly's west side chicago recording studio demanding a boycott of his music. part of a larger effort dubbed mute r. kelly. kelly seems to be unfazed by all of this making a late night appearance on thursday. even as people continue to condemn r. kelly sales and streams of his music have spiked. plays of kelly's songs have more than doubled, and that would suggest the public is torn between the music they love and the man many now vilify. martin savidge, cnn, atlanta. >> joining us now to talk about all of this is the founder of the me too movement. i know you appear in this
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docuseries. these allegations have been out there for years. these stories are not new. why do you think it's hitting a peak, the outrage now? >> we've seen a lot of things exposed over this last year because of me too, and i think the placement of this documentary and the trajectory of the year has been perfect timing for people to realize these allegations that have been talked about for years fit right into the trajectory of other things we've been talking about. it's just that these victims look different than the other victims. >> when you say these victims look different, we heard from chance the rapper who said if these victims were white, there would have been a different reaction. >> i agree. the reporter reporting on r. kelly since the beginning since the tapes were exposed said after he had extensive time spent with this case that it's clear to him that there's no person in the country that is more vilified than black girls. nobody cares less about people in this country than black
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girls. >> and do you speak to that from personal experience? >> absolutely. i think that -- i mean, we see that me too exploded. i'm glad it exploded in the way it did. i was doing this work for over a decade before that, and we were in the deep south working with black girls. people weren't interested in having this conversation, and definitely not in the national scale. >> how far we've come and so far to go. it's not just law enforcement taking action. you see lady gaga who had a duet with r. kelly removing that song from her i tunes and apple. radio stations across the country are dropping his songs. his record label is still behind him. are you surprised? zbl . >> i'm surprised and disappointed. i think at some point these businesses have to also be accountable. because r. kelly is able to do the things that he's alleged to have done because he's supported by the money that he makes from his music and through his record
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labels. they're, in fact, enabling him to do these things and to behave the way he's doing because he has the resources to do it. they have to be accountable on some lev. and there's also evidence that people in his record people knew about the allegations and didn't do anything about them. to continue to have him on the label when he's not a popular singer at this point. he's not a top singer we have hits coming out on a regular basis. i don't understand it. >> good tov y have you with us. we'll be right back. first, christine romans before the bell. >> earnings season kicks off this week. and profit growth is expected to slow. analysts predict fourth quarter earnings for the s&p 500 will rise about 11%. that's the double digits but slower than the first three quarters of 2018. several companies have already signalled what's coming. two weeks ago apple cut the revenue forecast citing slowing iphone sales in china.
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we're giving a front row seat to the runway of american history from world war ii to the women's movement to woodstock. all these forces have influenced what americans wear to work and play. and it's this collision of history and fashion that's the subject of a brand-new cnn original series. "american style." here's a preview. >> '40s and '50s were definitely america finding itself. >> americans felt very second-rate when comparing ourselves to europe. >> sportswear became the defining style of the united states. >> the bikini was the biggest thing since the atom bomb. >> in the '60s, '70s, our style and fashion represents freedom. >> when you look at hippy culture, it's really oppositional to the vietnam war. >> it was very important in terms of people being free to express themselves. >> in the '80s, it was a lot of
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excess in every way. >> we had our calvin kleins and ralph laurens and donna car rans. >> it was rather scandalous. >> the underwear ads stopped traffic in times square. >> in the 2000s, things have become less formal. >> super models brought fashion into every household. >> now what's embraced is being yourself. >> style gives you a voice. it's freedom. >> i spoke earlier to celebrity stylist josi about how american style came into its own. take a look. seems that american style is constantly evolving, so how do you define it? what makes it unique? >> well, i mean, i think when you really break down american style, it really isn't about fashion. you know, fashion isn't really just about clothes. but it's really about an expression, a way of life. and i think as you've seen it in all of these decades, and i think that's the beauty of this particular series, that you've seen how fashion can really articulate a period of time.
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and how it can really reflect culture and all these social themes happening around us all of the time. >> in our premier episode, it starts out by looking at american style in the post world war ii years. what styles and trends would you say helped the u.s. make its mark on the world stage in the '40s and '50s? >> i think fashion-wise, america has always lived in the shadow of paris and milan. but i think what happened in the '50s, particularly right after the war, was that you had the emergence of american sportswear. and really, you have to credit that to one american designer, claire mccardell. she really took the idea of, like -- it was literally sportswear. like cotton jerseys and things that were reserved for something that was a lot more leisurely made into everyday clothes. and people were scandalized and shocked because it wasn't what they were seeing overseas. but the fact that women could put this on, look incredibly great and stylish and feel comfortable at the same time. >> and yet i think of american
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style in the '50s as more conservative or proper and preppy. but then comes the '60s and '70s, and it seems like everything changes. what were some of the cultural forces at play then? >> i think definitely you saw the world of "i love lucy" in the '50s, really morph into like the hipsters and the hippies and woodstock. but really '60s was about a really great economic time. and i think you've all heard this before. the hemline index. as the economy goes up, so do skirt lengths. and i think that's when you saw the emergence of mini skirts. because it was a very sort of fruitful, economic times at that time. so it was really about fun. and having that sort of fr frivolousness in the world. >> the first couple episodes from the bikini to the zoot suits to the mini skirts, do you have a favorite of that time period? >> oh, wow. i think it was the idea of something as basic as a white t-shirt. and i think you saw the men's
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white undershirt really come to life with clark gable literally in a movie who took his white shirt off and was wearing a men's white undershirt and it had become all the rage in, quote, unquote in that time, became viral. but, you know -- >> the white t-shirt. >> really sort of brought to life by someone like james dean. and i think you saw something as simple like that become a staple of american style. >> our thanks to josi. make sure you tune in tonight. don't miss it. the premier of "american style at 9:00 p.m. here on cnn. two bombshell reports in just 48 hours, rocking washington this weekend, raising more serious questions about the president's relationship with russia, like why would president trump reportedly confiscate notes of his meetings with russian president vladimir putin. and what are lawmakers going to do about it, if anything? one hour pickup order? got it. ran out of ink and i have a big meeting today. and 2 boxes of twizzlers... yeah, uh...for the team.
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